Glossary

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Definitions of all our inspection terms.

  • Wake and shake

    A routine of exercises to music

  • Wales Audit Office (WAO)

    Under the direction of the Auditor General for Wales, the WAO provides Wales with a comprehensive audit and inspection service across a wide range of public services.

  • Wales Pre-school Providers Association (WPPA)

    An independent voluntary organisation providing community based pre-school childcare and education.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ)

     
    The Welsh Government introduced the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in 2003 as a three-year pilot for learners aged 16 and over. During the first three years, the pilot qualification was available only at level 2 and level 3 (Intermediate and Advanced diplomas). In September 2006, the level 2 (Intermediate level) pilot qualification became available to all pupils in key stage 4 in schools. At the same time, a pilot level 1 qualification (Foundation diploma) was introduced for learners aged 16 and under, and those over 16.
    In October 2006, after the level 2 and level 3 pilot projects had been successfully completed, the Minister for Education, Learning and Skills announced the full roll-out of the WBQ from September 2007 onwards.
  • Welsh for adults

    Welsh for adults is teaching for adults who want to learn Welsh. Usually, learners attend these part-time courses at least once a week. In many cases, beginners go to classes for at least four hours every week.

  • Welsh-medium education

    A Welsh-medium school is a school that teaches more than half the subjects in Welsh.

  • Welsh-medium school

    A Welsh-medium school is a school that teaches more than half the subjects in Welsh.

  • Welsh network of healthy school schemes

    The Welsh network of healthy school schemes (WNHSS) encourages the development of local healthy school schemes within a national framework. These local partnerships between health and education services encourage health-promoting schools in their area.

  • Wider points score for post-16 learners in schools

    This score comprises all qualifications approved for use in Wales.

  • WJEC

    The examination body for Wales

  • WNHSS

    The Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes (WNHSS) encourages the development of local healthy school schemes within a national framework. Each local authority works in partnership with local staff from the National Public Health Service to support schools to develop actions to address health issues.

  • Women’s refuge

    A women’s refuge is a safe haven for women with or without children who have suffered domestic violence.

  • Work-based learning

    Public-sector and private-sector work-based learning providers offer vocational training and assessment, mainly in the workplace.

  • Workforce remodelling

    In January 2003, the DfES published ‘Raising standards and tackling workload: a national agreement’. This included reform of the roles of support staff in schools so that teachers and pupils are better supported.

  • Workload agreement

    In January 2003, the DfES published ‘Raising standards and tackling workload: a national agreement’. This set out a seven-point plan designed to reduce the workload of teachers and to improve standards. It is known as the ‘workload agreement’.

  • Workstep

    A training programme funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (previously Jobcentre Plus), which offers support to people with disabilities who face barriers to getting and keeping a job. It provides opportunities for these individuals to get jobs and supports them in work.

  • Welsh dimension

    Part of the National Curriculum that helps pupils to develop and use their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, economic, environmental, historical and linguistic characteristics of Wales. Also known as Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig